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The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) helps prepare Rockford University students, faculty and community constituents for active participation in a rapidly changing global society by internationalizing our campus and curriculum, facilitating experiential learning opportunities, and developing our international partnerships to achieve Rockford University’s strategic objectives.

Mission Statement of the Office of Global Affairs

Create a supportive and interactive learning environment that celebrates multiculturalism by bringing all of Rockford University’s diverse student body together, in such a way that the academic as well as extra-curricular experiences of all students are enhanced and enjoyed.

Services provided by the OGA:

  • >> Assist both U.S. and international students in realizing their dreams of studying abroad
  • >> Provide services related to U.S. immigration regulations
  • >> Offer international student orientation
  • >> Provide international student academic advising and support
  • >> Assist with tax preparation for international students
  • >> Provide translation and interpretation referrals

Fall 2017 OGA Events


  • September 12          Global Tastes Saudi Arabia– Cafeteria                  11-1 pm
  • September 15          Mexican Tea Time – Cafeteria Hallway                 12-1 pm
  • September 20         DACA Town Hall – Regents                                        12-1 pm
  • September 23         Saudi National Day – Regents                                   5-7 pm                           


  • October 10             Global Tastes Europe– Cafeteria                            11-1 pm
  • October 12           European Tea Time – Cafeteria Hallway             12-1 pm
  • October 26          Study Abroad Trending Now! – Regents              12-1 pm
  • October 31           Pumpkin Painting – Student Center                       9-2 pm 


  • November 2      Day of the Dead – Regents                                          5-7 pm
  • November 7      Hispanic Global Taste – Cafeteria                          12-1 pm


  • December 7       Scandinavian Tea Time – Cafeteria Hallway      12-1 pm

Global Faculty Fellow

Program Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, Deepshikha Shukla, Ph. D. is the current Global Faculty Fellow at Rockford University. With her experience in the education systems of India and the US, she is passionate about creating a culture where domestic and international students, faculty and staff symbiotically co-habitate. Assimilation of international students at RU and promoting international experience for the entire campus lies at the core of her initiatives. Internationalization is her ‘mantra’.”


Global Ambassador Program

The Global Ambassador Program pairs new international students with a Rockford University student who has been on campus for at least one year. Global Ambassadors assist new international students from the time that a student arrives to Rockford University until the end of her or his first year. The goal of this program is for Global Ambassadors to help international students acclimate to the Rockford University campus and U.S. academic system through post-orientation and first year follow up as a peer mentor for the new student.

Community Friends Program 

The Community Friends Program matches families in the Rockford community with international students. These families help international students by giving them the opportunity have authentic cultural experiences in the area and in their homes. Many students who have participated in this program in past years have shared holidays at their ambassador families’ homes and have attended local area attractions with their family.

Core Values of the Office of Global Affairs

  • “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
  • “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
  • Enable everyone to have the opportunity to experience traveling abroad.


Meet Our Staff

Sam Bandy
Director of Global Affairs
Maria Diemer
Assistant Director of Global Affairs and Coordinator of ESL

Shammeran Benjamin
Graduate Assistant

Diana Vlase
Graduate Assistant






Office of Global Affairs (OGA)
Burpee 2nd Floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 001-815-226-4141

Skype ID: sam_rockford
Sam Bandy, Director

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Rockford China Office

中国办公室地址:北京东城区银河SOHO D座9层
招生官:胡盼/ Oriana Hu
办公电话:0086+10 6523 8091
手机:0086+186 0024 5278


The annual International Food Fair was held on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Burpee Center. Sponsored by Rockford University’s Multicultural Club and the Office of Global Affairs, the International Food Festival featured delicious authentic recipes from countries like Germany, Philippines, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, China, Sweden, Turkey, Syria, Laos, S. Korea, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Liberia, Mexico and Nigeria.

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